3 quarterbacks who could replace Cam Newton as Patriots starter in 2021

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – SEPTEMBER 13: Jameis Winston #2 of the New Orleans Saints looks on during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The Patriots picked up a last-second win over the Cardinals on Sunday, but it’s clear New England needs to replace Cam Netwon this offseason.

Cam Newton successfully engineered a winning practice to lift the Patriots over the Cardinals in Week 12, but his overall performance for the game was dismal. Bill Belichick and the New England front office need to find a new starting quarterback before the start of the 2021 season.

The good news for Patriots fans is that the team has plenty of talent to support a new flagman. Finding a new franchise quarterback is never easy, but it’s one deal that can pay big dividends for New England next season.

The big question is how Belichick might choose to solve the quarterback problem. The NFL Draft and free agency are legitimate options. Keep a close eye on these three quarterbacks as potential solutions to the biggest problem facing New England.

3. James Winston

Belichick is arguably the most confident head coach in the NFL. He believes he can fix almost any talented player in the league. Winston has more than enough talent to make New England take a chance on him.

New Orleans’ decision to throw Taysom Hill on him is a clear sign that Winston is not in their long-term plans. This means that he will touch free will without restriction. The only thing the Patriots need to do is make him a quality financial offer if they want to bring him to Foxborough.

Signing Winston won’t make Patriots fans forget about Tom Brady, but he has the arm talent to excel in Belichick’s system. The question is whether or not the Patriots believe he has the mental savvy required to execute their complicated offense. Winston won’t be New England’s best option heading into the offseason, but he could be a good cheap option for a franchise that doesn’t want to overpay a quarterback.

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